Laura Bretz
Laura Bretz is a Marketing Coordinator at Shipley Energy.

Recent Posts

A Guide To Understanding Heat Pumps | Shipley Energy

Posted by Laura Bretz on 8/6/15 9:00 AM

What is a heat pump?

In its most basic form, a heat pump acts very much like a refrigerator.  When it's cold outside, a heat pump pulls exterior heat inside. When it's warm outside, it reverses directions and acts like an air conditioner, removing heat from your home.  A compressor circulates refrigerant that absorbs and releases heat as it travels between the indoor and outdoor units.  The indoor unit is called an air handler and the outdoor unit is very similar to a central air conditioner, but is called a heat pump.

Topics: HVAC

The Future Of Natural Gas | Shipley Energy

Posted by Laura Bretz on 6/25/15 9:30 AM
Natural gas as an energy source has a long, complex history.  But the future looks bright!
Topics: Natural Gas

Natural Gas - A History Lesson | Shipley Energy

Posted by Laura Bretz on 6/18/15 10:35 AM
Natural gas is far from a recent product that humans used for warmth, cooking, and light.  It’s an energy source that has been around for centuries.
Topics: Natural Gas

What To Know About Natural Gas Today | Shipley Energy

Posted by Laura Bretz on 6/16/15 9:00 AM
As discussed in the previous blog, natural gas is far from a new source of heat.  But there are a lot of very interesting facts about it and how we currently utilize it.
Topics: Natural Gas

Oil Tank Maintenance For The Summer | Shipley Energy

Posted by Laura Bretz on 6/1/15 11:15 AM

With summer rapidly approaching, the last thing many people think about is their oil tank.  However, ensuring that your oil tank is full before summer begins is extremely important.  If you don’t take the necessary steps, there are costly issues that could arise in the winter.


Topics: Heating Oil

Propane or Electric? Water Heater Decision Maker | Shipley Energy

Posted by Laura Bretz on 5/22/15 2:33 PM

When your water heater breaks, replacing it becomes top priority.  If it’s not something that has been replaced in a number of years, the market for water heaters can seem overwhelming.  Hopefully, the things listed below can help narrow down any decision necessary to purchase a new tank.
Topics: Propane, HVAC

Air Conditioning Preparation Tips | Shipley Energy

Posted by Laura Bretz on 5/15/15 4:55 PM

Temperatures are rising and it’s definitely time to start thinking about turning on the AC.  With your system lying dormant for six months, there are a few things that can be easily done to ensure that your air conditioner is running properly.

Topics: HVAC

Get A Better Grip On Your Electric Bill | Shipley Energy

Posted by Laura Bretz on 5/4/15 4:42 PM

Sometimes, looking at your electricity bill can be overwhelming.  There are so many specifics in your bill’s details that it can be difficult to keep track of what’s what.  In the sections below, we hope to straighten a few things out to make your next bill a little bit easier to read.


Topics: Electric bill

Heat Pumps: Air-Source Or Geothermal? | Shipley Energy

Posted by Laura Bretz on 4/10/15 1:57 PM

Pros and Cons of Geothermal vs. Air-Source Heat Pumps

Homes and businesses installing a geothermal heat pump as a source of heating are becoming more and more popular.  Currently, this trend is particularly popular in the southern and western parts of the United States; however there are still plenty of locations that are opting for geothermal.  Although geothermal is extremely efficient and a “green” form of energy, there are still times when a traditional air-source heat pump may be a better option.  The differences between the two are minor, but can make a big difference.
Topics: HVAC

Green Energy and Sustainability Trends | Shipley Energy

Posted by Laura Bretz on 4/3/15 9:25 AM

Every year brings new innovation into the world of green energy and sustainability.  It seems almost daily that there is a new invention or new information pertaining to fuel efficiency, clean energy or sustainability.  For the upcoming year, we’re already seeing a few trends.



Topics: Renewable Energy